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We have seen His star in the East and have come with gifts to worship the Lord.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Ribbon-shaped U with a Dot
The following symbol has been on our parish bulletin for the last two years, but I did not remember what it means. Maybe you don't either. It is the Arabic letter ن (Nūn), the first letter in the word Nasrani (plural Nassarah), which means Nazarene. Islamic State soldiers spray-painted the letter on the walls of Christian houses and businesses in Mosul, and warned them that they had to quickly leave the city, convert to Islam, pay a fine or face ‘death by the sword.’ Some who chose to flee were robbed anyway. Since then, people around the world have displayed the ن as a symbol of solidarity with the persecuted Christians of the Middle East.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
[translation of phrases used in the song]
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Prayer for our Beloved Deceased
Grant to the souls of Your servants departed
Full remission of all their sins,
That through our devout prayers,
They may obtain the pardon,
Which they have always desired.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
Labels: All Soul's Day
Lord Of All Hopefulness
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Whose trust, ever child-like, no cares could destroy,
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.
Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
Be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,
Your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.
Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.
Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Goodness in the natural order vs its corruption
I just read this comment on the parasitic and derivative nature of evil. I think it is well-phrased and insightful.
Evil doesn't exist as a created thing, in the way a tree does. It is defined by what it is not. Darkness doesn't exist either; it's a lack of light. There are no darkness particles or darkness waves.
In the same way, evil is a lack of goodness. Rape could not exist without sex, but sex could exist without rape. There cannot be murder without the existence of life, but life could exist without murder. A lie could not happen without the existence of truth, but the truth could exist without lies.
This is how we know two other things. God is good, because all things in existence are good. Good (and thus God) is also infinitely greater and more powerful than evil, since evil can't even exist on its own.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
A Quote from Saint Teresa of Avila
“God has been very good to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done, so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person.”
May God grant us the eyes and heart of a saint.